Friday: Fourth Week of Lent
How do you respond to reports of violence that leave innocent people dead? Do you reflect on the probability of persecution against the Christian community? Do you worry or are you fearful for family?
I often hear the question: “What is the world coming to?” Earlier in my life, at a point when I felt I had hit the bottom, this question took on a more personal note. Fear, confusion, despair, and embarrassment were all words that described my condition.
Jesus’ disciples must have felt similar feelings of bewilderment and fear as He addressed them during His farewell discourse (13:31-17:26). How could they even begin to understand events that were yet to occur?
Whatever the events and personal circumstances that confront us, we should take comfort in Jesus’ words: “Let not your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me” (14:1). Jesus makes it clear that He and the Father are one (14:9-11) and He is in the process of preparing a place for His followers. He guarantees that He will return to take us to this place (14:2-3). This is possible because Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (14:6).
During this season we remember that this was made possible because of the cross. It is through Jesus’ death that a way was made for us to gain access to this wonderful place where we will be in His presence.
You can be assured that events are progressing as foretold in Scripture. We should focus faithfully on the work we have been given to do (14:12-13). Great works are possible through those who believe and prayers in the name of Jesus will be answered.
Are you confident in the promises of Jesus? Have you made Jesus the “Way” in your life?
John Webber is recently retired Director of Administration and Finance at MB Seminary and current volunteer at Better Life Integration and Support Society and is a part of Northview Community Church in Abbotsford, BC.